Ups and downs of historic Gothic giant in Beauvais

Inside the delicate structure, visitors can admire century-old stained glass windows

Emily Commander visits northern France, where the town’s behemoth, majestic cathedral has had a very eventful history

An example of man’s vaulting ambition and his limitations, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais in Oise is remarkable both for having the highest choir in Europe and for remaining incomplete after nearly eight centuries of work.

Its story began in 1225, when Count-Bishop Milo of Nanteuil decided to use family money to rebuild Notre Dame de la Basse-Œuvre in Beauvais. Its wooden frame had suffered from repeated fires, and the church had been reconsecrated just three years earlier after the latest ...

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